Sunset-Brookbank Loop Trail

Flagstaff, Arizona

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This excellent loop on the Dry Lake Hills uses the Sunset Trail to ascend to a ridge overlooking Mount Elden and the Brookbank Trail to return through alpine meadows featuring a seasonal lake. Follow the Sunset Trail as it contours east above Schultz Tank for 0.4 mile, passing the junction with the Little Elden Trail. Stay right; the Sunset Trail drops into a drainage and follows it uphill through a fine mixed forest of ponderosa pine, Douglas fir, quaking aspen, and limber pine. The mix of forest colors is especially pleasing during October when the aspens are golden.

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"This excellent loop on the Dry Lake Hills uses the Sunset Trail to ascend to a ridge overlooking Mount Elden and the Brookbank Trail to return through alpine meadows featuring a seasonal lake.

Follow the Sunset Trail as it contours east above Schultz Tank for 0.4 mile, passing the junction with the Little Elden Trail. Stay right; the Sunset Trail drops into a drainage and follows it uphill through a fine mixed forest of ponderosa pine, Douglas fir, quaking aspen, and limber pine. The mix of forest colors is especially pleasing during October when the aspens are golden."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Flagstaff
Distance: 5.5
Elevation Gain: 1,100 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 4 hours
Season: April through November
Trailhead Elevation: 8,070 feet
Top Elevation: 8,750 feet
Local Contacts: Coconino National Forest, Peaks Ranger District
Local Maps: USGS Sunset Crater West, Humphreys Peak
Driving Directions: Directions to Sunset-Brookbank Loop Trail

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May 2018